Georgetown ISD officials concluded the search for a new superintendent Aug. 7 with the hiring of Devin Padavil.

What happened

The GISD board of trustees, absent Place 1 Trustee James Scherer, voted unanimously to hire Padavil to serve the district as the board's lone employee.

How we got here

GISD began its search for a new superintendent after Fred Brent announced his retirement in April. Brent served as superintendent for nine years after moving to Georgetown in 2014. Padavil was named the district's lone finalist as a result of its superintendent search July 17.

What they're saying

"In the entire process, it has been very clear: You have high hopes and aspirations for not only our school district but our community," Padavil said upon his hiring. "In the superintendent profile that you helped build, it was very clear you want, and the community desires, a kind and empathetic leader, someone who will build relationships in the community, someone who will connect with the beliefs, vision and mission, and leads through that."

Career history

Padavil previously served as the superintendent for Taylor ISD, taking over the position in January 2021. He also worked as an assistant superintendent and area superintendent in Fort Bend ISD and Leander ISD, respectively. Prior to that, he held positions as an English and social studies teacher in schools throughout Texas.